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CSPAN
Oct 8, 2012 8:00pm EDT
is at&t. they tried to introduce u-verse in the city of san francisco, and it took several years to get the necessary regulatory approvals for them to roll out this video service. i mentioned that in particular because video is one area where there has been a lot of talk about the need for increased competition. well, here you have a tradition alltel communications provider trying to enter the market mace to provide video, and in my view municipalities and state governments and the federal government should do everything it can to reduce those barriers to make sure that we don't stand in the way of more competition. >> david cohen on his episode of "the communicators" said that he wasn't concerned about google fiber being a competitive threat because he doesn't think that google or anybody else simply has the money to be able to invest in it across the country. do you think that's a problem we're facing, that there isn't enough capital to make that investment? >> guest: um, i, from my vantage point, i can't say whether or not there's enough capital. what i can say is that many compa
CSPAN
Oct 22, 2012 8:00am EDT
right? >> guest: many states maintain a single tax rate across the entire state. they don't allow the local cities and counties to add a mosquito abatement tax, they might even restrict states from having sales tax holidays on school supplies. i mean, rules like that are what makes collecting sales tax across the country insanely complex. so my own state of virginia has done a pretty good job of being simple and attractive to businesses. they exempt digital downloads from taxation to encourage that industry, and they're not members of the streamline sales tax because they want to maintain what they call a business-friendly environment. >> guest: i think the balance congress has to strike b, many of those things that make the sales tax more complex are things that consumers and voters like, sales tax hold days, caps and thresholds so that you're not paying tax on the full price, you pay it on a much reduced price. those are things that consumers and voters like, so it's a balance on one hand between those desires of the voters in the states and the desire for fairness and also, frankly
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 8:00am EDT
, you know, the expense of the buildout of that, um, of the kansas city experiment, if you will, you know, shows, i think, it demonstrates quite clearly the magnitude of the enormous investment that the cable industry has made in building out our infrastructure across the country. and i, you know, i just don't know that i see a business model for the expenditure of that level of money to build out, um, a national fiber network. said the same thing when verizon went into the market with fios, and at&t obviously thought the same thing since when they developed their uverse product, they decided not to build a national or even regional fiber network. so, um, we've, you know, we've consistently said and continue to belief that we're not afraid of competition, we like our product, we like our position. we think competition makes us a better company. we think it makes us sharpen our focus, improve the level of service that we're providing, improve the quality and the innovation of our offerings and just like satellite made comcast a better company and then verizon and u-verse have made com
CSPAN
Oct 20, 2012 6:30pm EDT
states maintain a single tax rate across the entire state. they don't allow the local cities and counties to add animosity kito abatement tax. and sales tax holidays, you don't pay sales tax on the first $50 of school supplies. rules like that is what makes collecting sales tax across the country insanely complex. so my own state of virginia has done a pretty good job at trying to be simple and be attractive to businesses. they exempt digital downloads to encourage that industry. they want to maintain a business friendly environment. >> i think this highlights the balance i talked about earlier, that congress has to strike between the burdens on interstate commerce and state sovereignty on the other, the things that make the sales tax more complex are the things the voters like, sales tax holidays, a threshold so you don't pay sales tax on the full price, a much reduced price. that's what consumers and voters like. it's a balance on one hand of the desires of the voters and the states and the desire for fairness and also for the states, frankly, to be able to maintain their taxes
CSPAN
Oct 22, 2012 8:00pm EDT
in the constitution cities states can't expect interstate commerce, only congress can. and it's in keeping with the constitutional provision. california is simply saying if you have presence here through some interesting definitions, you have to collect for california. so it doesn't interfere with interstate commerce because they're considering anyone who has an affiliate there or partnership in california to already be a california company. >> so, two things. name a group that's -- name a corporation that is a member of net choice, and are you -- so, are you supportive of what california has done? >> our members are folks ike ebay, pay pal. amazon is not. companies with platforms for ecommerce, that enables other businesses, and our position is california has taken too aggressive a step at asserting you have presence in california simply because you paid for an advertisement there. i'm gratified to see that california set a very, very reasonably high small seller exception, and they had to do a million a year in california and 10,000 a year through the partnerships and affiliates,
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 8:00pm EDT
you, um, that is e give elect to the entire -- equivalent to the entire population of major cities in america, cities like miami, florida; tulsa, oklahoma; minneapolis/st. paul. their populations are all around 400,000 people. so i think when you are successful in signing up the equivalent of a major city in america for this service, you have something that is gaining traction and making sense. >> host: now, is this something that was mandated as part of the nbc deal, or is this something that comcast is doing on its own? is. >> guest: so the answer is both. this was a comcast concept that we, that we were preparing before the nbc universal transaction. we offered it up as a voluntary commitment to the fcc as something to help the fcc in its public interest determination, but we would have done this with or without the nbc universal transaction. and we've, obviously, gone far beyond the nature of the commitment in terms of the, in terms of eligibility of the program and the speed of the project, of the product, the way we're running sign-ups, the way we're promoting it. so we are,
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